5 Plants for Landscaping Beginners

May 11, 2016

5 Plants for Landscaping Beginners

Landscaping a yard can seem like a very daunting challenge to inexperienced consumers.

Picking plants that compliment your yard and the exterior of your home can be a difficult task. For a beginner, it is important to pick visually appealing plants that are fairly hardy and easy to care for.

Where to Start

Some plants require less weeding, watering, and protection from the elements, making them more suitable for planting-beginners. Here are five easy-to-care-for plants that can beautifully enhance your landscaping with minimal excess care.

  1. Garden Mum

Garden mums come in a variety of colors and sizes, and they are very affordable plants for any budget. These plants are quite hardy and don’t require constant watering.

In warmer-climate areas, you should plant garden mums in the spring or the fall to help the plant establish strong root growth. Garden mums also love to be in the sun, so planting your mums in a sunny spot in the yard and then protecting them with a bit of mulch will yield beautifully flowering mums all season.

  1. Peace Lily

Peace lilies are gorgeously elegant plants that can compliment both indoor and outdoor living spaces. They are excellent at cleaning the air and provide a refreshing living environment.

Peace lilies like medium levels or low levels of sunlight, and they flower best when they are exposed to sunlight for only part of the day. Peace lilies also survive well on under-watering and should only be watered when the soil surrounding the lily feels dry to the touch.

  1. Spider Plant

Like peace lilies, spider plants are great air-cleaners, and they survive on minimal watering. Spider plants like to live in pots, and they can be easily transferred from inside to outside living spaces.

Spider plants should only be watered when their soil feels dry to the touch, and they survive best in light shade to deep shade. If your spider plant looks a bit brown on the edges, trim the edges about an inch back from the brown tip with scissors.

  1. Boston Fern

Boston ferns flourish in cooler places with lower levels of indirect light. Boston ferns also love humidity and require a bit of additional misting care in drier areas.

Boston ferns do not need additional care or fertilization, and as long as you make sure that your fern is well-hydrated and in a humid environment, it should continue to grow and thrive in your landscape.

  1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera plants have many benefits in addition to being easy to care for and visually appealing. Aloe plants produce six antiseptics that can be used to kill bacteria, viruses, mold, and fungi, and of course, Aloe can be used to soothe sun burns.

Aloe plants should be kept in mild temperatures, and it is important to make sure they aren’t in danger of a potential frost. Your plant should be soaked monthly during the summer, and the plant should dry well between each watering. Having your aloe plant outside during the summer months is a great and easy way to add color to your patio.

These plants are all fairly easy to care for and can add a wide variety of color to your landscape. For more information on landscaping, visit our landscaping page!